Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DJ's Ready to Get 'Em Rocking! Basketball

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DJ's Ready to Get 'Em Rocking! Basketball

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AMERICAN new boy DJ Glavan has made an instant impression on British basketball - now he's aiming for honours in his debut year.

The 22-year-old guard from Chicago has been in inspired form since joining the Middlesbrough-based Tees Valley Mohawks.

And Glavan, who played for New York University before jetting to Teesside for his first taste of overseas action, believes the Mohawks can win the title in their first season back up in EBL National League Division One.

"We believe we can win the league," he said. "That's why we're here, to win every game we can.

"A lot of these teams are very competitive and we know that on any day any team can beat any of the other teams.

"But we believe in ourselves and the coaching staff and the owner Tony Hanson.

"We believe we can win the league so we're going to keep working hard every game and not take any opponent for granted."

The Mohawks endured a sticky start to the season with both Glavan and fellow American DeMarcus Berry not available until after the opening fixtures.

Fellow new boy Jean Louis 'Zambo' Bomolo also only arrived recently and inspirational skipper Ike Attah spent four weeks on the injured list.

Fortunately most of the early games were in the National Cup and Trophy and the Mohawks were at full strength for the first time for their opening home league clash of the campaign.

The difference was immeasurable as they beat Westminster Warriors 82-63 at Teesside University's Olympia Building arena, gaining revenge for a home defeat in the Trophy last month.

"It was a great team win," agreed Glavan. "We had Ike back and we added Zambo which gave us some height inside.

"We played well together and it showed because they didn't score a lot of points.

"Our defence really stepped up because they only scored 51 points - in the last three games we'd played we gave up 100 points so we cut that in half. …

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